Beneath the Vaulted Hills (River into Darkness, Bk 1)
Beneath the Vaulted Hills - River into Darkness, Bk 1 Author:Sean Russell The last of the world's great mages, the enigmatic Lord Eldrich has dedicated his life to eradicating all remaining vestiges of magic in the world. But the fanatical Tellerites--followers of a long-dead mage-apprentice--oppose Eldrich, desiring the hidden knowledge of the magical arts and with it the coveted key to immortality. Drawn into th... more »is conflict against his will is Erasmus Flattery, who as a boy dwelt with Eldrich, and is still haunted by the memories of what transpired during his stay with the mage. Now Erasmus must lead as expedition to search for a secret taht has remained hidden since the time of the first Mages!« less
Sean Russell is a master. His worlds are rich his characters complex. I was driven to read this book and saddened when it ended. Read one and you will have to read the series and then like me you will be saddened theta he is out of print.